by Tall Poppy Susan Crispell
There’s so much to love about The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living. Charming, small-town Vermont setting. Mouth-watering baked goods. Sleigh rides through snow-covered woods. Banjos and fiddles and contra dancing. But it’s the relationships between disgraced pastry chef Livvy and the residents of Guthrie that bring so much heart to this novel.
As the novel opens, Livvy sets her career up in flames quite literally when her famous flambéed dessert nearly burns down the exclusive club where she works. Needing a break–and some time to recover from her embarrassment–she seeks refuge in her best friend’s home town. But instead of a quick weekend trip, she lands herself a new gig as the baker at the Sugar Maple Inn. The only catch, she must create an award-winning apple pie to help her cantankerous boss reclaim the blue ribbon at the county fair. For a big-city chef like Livvy, it should be a piece of cake–well, I guess pie. But pleasing Margaret Hurley is next to impossible.
Failing at this job, however, would mean giving up on the small-town life she’s come to love. And on her chance at finding her own happily-ever-after.
Susan Bishop Crispell earned a BFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Born and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, she now lives twenty minutes from the beach in North Carolina with her husband and their literary-named cat. She is very fond of pie and is always on the lookout for hints of magic in the real world. She is the author of THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES (2016) and DREAMING IN CHOCOLATE (2018).